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Are Doctors Underestimating the Pain of Endometrial Biopsy?

My doctor right before my endometrial biopsy: “It’s similar to a pap smear. You may feel some cramping and pressure.”

She “forgot” to mention the stabbing pain, the scraping and slashing. She also “forgot” to tell me that there is a high chance I’d get dizzy, nauseous and shaky,  maybe even pass out.

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In 2015, I had a “surprise” endometrial biopsy.  Doctor asked me to come in to discuss my pelvic ultrasound results. Next thing I knew, she cut and scraped three samples from my cervix. I wasn’t offered any pain medication or anesthesia. After the biopsy, both the doctor and nurse quickly left the room. I felt incredibly dizzy, nauseous and shaky. My entire body was tingly and hot. I almost passed out. My first thought was something went terribly wrong. Later in the car, I fell apart and cried.

When I first wrote about my experience, I had no idea how many women have to put up with this insanely painful procedure. I have received over a hundred comments from women who describe this procedure as “barbaric” and “traumatizing”. Each time I read a new comment, my heart goes out to each and every lady.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the comments. Here’s what most of them have in common.

  • doctor downplayed the procedure
  •  “some pressure and cramping”
  •  “slight discomfort”
  •  was misinformed
  • wasn’t offered pain medication or anesthesia
  • felt sharp, stabbing pain
  • felt nauseous, dizzy, shaky
  • I passed out
  • I screamed

 

“I just had my biopsy a few hours ago. My dr. said I’d experience “cramping” at first, I thought I could handle it and then the searing pain deep inside was too much. I thought she was done and then she said she needed one more. I started sweating and crying and held my breath. This was one of the most painful procedures I’ve had done. I had to lie down for five minutes afterward to pull myself together. I went to my car and bawled my eyes out:(.”

 

“I had a EMB today and I will say it hurt like hell! I have a curved cervix so putting in the tool to open you was painful to start with. She measured my uterus…that hurt but once she started the procedure I couldnt help but to scream. She asked me if I could handle the procedure and not scream?? Clearly she has never had one. As soon as they start you naturally scream but I tried to keep from doing it by squeezing my own fat on my stomach! That was the only thing I could grab although it wasnt much to hold on to. She did 2 or 3 samples and I couldnt wait for her to be done! Once she was done I covered my face with my hands and was in so much pain all I could do was laugh hysterically then I started shaking then came the tears. I couldnt get up for about 10 min waiting for the pain to stop…it didnt so i got up and got dressed. I will never do this again..if it is needed they need to find a alternative method to get their sample by because I am not a gluten for punishment!!!”

 

This comment is really scary. Ladies, make sure someone can drive you.

“Thank you for this post. On June 18, 2018 I had this procedure done….mild discomfort during the procedure…got up got dressed and was told by my dr when leaving, if I ran a fever to go immediately to the emergency room……5 minutes later while driving home…had a massive vasovagal response and caused a massive motor vehicle collision. Do not mess with this stuff-have someone drive you always.”

 

Why in the world do they not tell us to have someone drive us?

Why are they subjecting us to so much pain? Why can’t they give us local anesthesia?

Why are doctors downplaying the pain?

This is NOT a standard procedure. An endometrial biopsy is NOT a “no big deal” procedure.

The dentist numbs your mouth to fill a cavity. Some even offer a numbing gel for a regular cleaning. I once had a biopsy done on my gums – didn’t feel a thing.

Why is it that  when a tooth is drilled it is numbed but when a piece is taken from the cervix , we have to “suck it up” and endure?

I hate to say it, is it because it’s a “woman thing”? Do they assume we have a higher tolerance for pain than men? Is it because we are women and they expect us “to suck it up”?

For so many women, an endometrial biopsy is pure hell and something needs to be done to improve this situation. There has to be a better way. I have two daughters and I don’t ever want them to experience this distressing and traumatic procedure.

How do we go about this? What can be done? Do we lobby? It’s frustrating that in the year 2018 women still have to endure this.  If anyone has any ideas on how to change this, please let me know.

 

3 Years Later – DIY Hardwood Floor Refinish

Three years ago, I decided to refinish our hardwood floors. Myself. It was a ton of work but I don’t regret it one bit. You can read about it  in my original post.

Over the years, I’ve received many emails and comments asking me how the floors are holding up, whether I would do it again, if I’m happy with my decision to skip staining them etc.

So I decided to answer some of the most popular questions I get.

small entryway

How much did it cost to refinish the floors?

I refinished around 650 square feet of flooring. I spent less than $300. My biggest cost were the drum sander rental and sanding belts from Home Depot (around $130 total). That said, DIYing it saved me $2,000+.

Do you regret skipping the stain?

Not at all. Our house measures only 1,050 square feet. I wanted floors that bring light and openness to our small home, which these floors do. I also love our floor’s different color tones.

Hardwood Floor Refinish DIY

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Are you happy with the satin polyurethane finish? How are the floors holding up?

I love the satin finish because I don’t care much for super shiny floors. I wanted mine to look natural but still have protection. The satin finish gives the floor a sheen without the high gloss. Although I have kids and dogs, the floor barely has any scratches and they don’t bother me at all. The floors are 48 years old and have that lived-in look that I really love. Minor imperfections just add to the character of these floors.

Did you really do ALL the work yourself?

Yep. From beginning to end. As soon as my kids left for Florida, I dove right into the work. Moving all the furniture from the bedrooms into the garage and kitchen was the hardest part. I couldn’t have done it without  furniture sliders.  Would highly recommend them. Refinishing hardwood floors entails lost of dust, a sore back and bruised knees.

I want to do this. Do you have any tips?

The most important tip: Keep moving and go slow with the drum sander! Do a lot of research beforehand and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t.

Hardwood Floor Refinish DIY

Would you do it again?

Absolutely! However, I would prefer refinishing the floors of a vacant house (no more pushing furniture). When you put so much physical work into your house, you can’t help but feel proud. You get very attached to it because you know how much sweat (and even blood) it took to make this house your home.

Experiencing NeoStrata Anti Aging Skincare

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One of the fun things about blogging is getting the opportunity to try new products I might not discover on my own, and as an extra bonus I get to share them with you.

Today I have another product I’ve been testing out that I want to share with you: NeoStrata.

NeoStrata

Neostrata products are widely popular and highly recommended by dermatologists in various parts of the globe. What makes this product popular among dermatologists and surgeons is that it features a potent yet clinically proven safe AHA concentration in the product itself.

While we all want young and flawless looking skin,  as we age, we experience having wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging that start to appear on our face. As years pass by, the quality of our skin simply starts to diminish. At 48, I might not be able to avoid totally aging, but at least I can reduce the signs of aging and slow down the aging process.

NeoStrata

I was very excited to try NeoStrata’s products. Although I’m close to 50, this is my first time using a product that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). Yes, it’s true. Luckily I did not experience any peeling or tingling sensation. I guess these products have a high enough level of AHAs to cause the skin to turnover without irritating it.

Neostrata

NeoStrata Skin Active Dermal Replenishment

Formulated to optimize hydration and help visibly reverse all the signs of aging, for skin that is intensely hydrated, lifted, firmer, and more luminous.
  • Patented Aminofil® technology helps build skin’s natural volume
  • Prodew® helps cushion skin with vital moisture and strengthen the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss
  • Enriched with Chardonnay Grape Seed Extract to help prevent damage from daily environmental stressors

It’s deeply hydrating without a heavy feeling. At my age I need all the hydration I can get. I have been using this cream for almost three weeks now. I apply it in the evening (one pump is enough for the entire face) after cleansing my face with olive oil. It smells a bit like cucumber and it gives my face a nice “glow”. My skin also looks more even-toned.

NeoStrata

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream

This anti aging neck cream is formulated to help reverse visible signs of aging in the neck and décolletage for skin that is firmer, more lifted and younger looking.
  • Pro-Amino Acid helps target collagen
  • NeoCitriate® helps to target collagen
  • NeoGlucosamine gently exfoliates skin to help reduce the appearance of uneven pigment

NeoStrata

This is my very  first time using a neck cream. I love that the cream has a gentle exfoliant that helps reduce the appearance of uneven pigment and age spots that often appear in the décolletage. I have already noticed an improvement; My neck looks better after only three weeks. I’m excited to see more results in the following weeks.

Again, the product is very hydrating without a greasy feeling or heavy scent. I apply it in the morning and evening. One small pump is plenty for the entire neck. I even apply it to the top of my hands where I noticed some hyperpigmentation. Don’t forget to apply sunblock to your neck.

NeoStrata

Target aging skin with this multi-mechanistic formula to help lift and firm skin while helping to reduce oxidative damage.
  • SynerG Formula helps rejuvenate skin
  • Apple Stem Cell Extract helps protect and maintain skin’s essential cells* (*in vitro test)
  • Peptides target collagen* and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles (*in vitro test)
  • Glycolic Acid is clinically proven to target collagen

I use this serum twice a week as it helps enhance exfoliation. One pump  covers my entire face. It does not irritate my face and leaves it soft and hydrated.

NeoStrata

I did some research and learned that glycolic acid is the gold standard in AHAs. It is the most researched acid and has the best track record of impressive results for all ages and all skin types.

According to skin care experts, glycolic acid is special because of its size and ability to penetrate the uppermost layers of built-up skin to reveal the better-looking skin hiding beneath.

We are not able to avoid aging but keeping the skin looking younger longer is all about prevention ( inside and outside.) The 40’s are a good time to introduce potent formulas to visibly slow down aging skin. NeoStrata’s smoothing ingredients like peptides and acids will help boost cell metabolism, plump skin and stimulate new collagen.